A Conversation on Black America and Vaccines

A Conversation on Black America and Vaccines

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  • Not only are Black Americans twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than whites, but they are also less likely to have been vaccinated. We often hear this blamed on “vaccine skepticism” in the Black community but rarely get the full picture on the history of medical racism in the United States, inequities in access to medical care and the vaccine, and why it is incumbent upon the medical community, our government, and community leaders to earn the trust of Black Americans when it comes to COVID-19.Third Way hosted Dr. Rana Hogarth, Associate Professor at the University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and LaShyra Nolan, MD Candidate at Harvard University Medical School and President for the Class of 2023 for this important conversation with Ladan Ahmadi, Third Way’s Deputy Director of Economic Communications & Health Care Policy. They discussed the history of medical care in the Black community, how to build trust with Black Americans on the efficacy of the vaccine, and what steps can be taken to expand access.